Book Review: Perfect Ruin

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on October 1st 2013
Pages: 356

ON INTERNMENT you can be anything you dream - a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker... Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There's only one rule: you don't approach THE EDGE. If you do, it's already over.
Perfect Ruin is the first book in Lauren DeStefano's riveting new series, the Internment Chronicles.


Perfect Ruin is a dystopian novel set on a floating city above the Earth. Morgan is a girl who tries her best to be normal, but she cannot help but wonder what is below their world as she knows it. Her own brother traveled to the edge of Internment and has been damaged by blindness because of it. When a murder occurs, something unheard of in her lifetime, things tilt even more. For once, Morgan feels a sense of fear and that things are changing.

There are a lot of secrets rolled into this novel. I felt for Morgan whose curiosity she knows is not be revealed beyond her close friends and family. Her own betrothed Basil, she also fears telling him the truth because he could have her shut away for her own safety. In this world, people are bethrothed and they have to get permission and put on a list to procreate with their spouses. There is no room to grow and population must be kept the same, making the line to have a baby quite long.

I knew this was a dystopian the second I heard the name of their city – Internment. It’s obvious that there are rules to be followed and those that would break them. I have an inkling that traveling to the edge of their city does not cause any illness not caused by those who bring them back, but we’ll see in the next book. I have a lot of questions and very few answers.

If you read this one, I just caution that it ends with rather a large cliffhanger and to be prepared for that. I loved all the characters, especially Basil who really does care for Morgan as a person. Pen is a great character as well, full of dramatics and antics. I grew fond of all the characters in this book and cannot wait to see what will happen in this series.


A great start to a dystopian adventure with lots of romance, adventure and mystery involved.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Perfect Ruin

  1. I liked Lauren’s Chemical Garden series and bought a copy of this book, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I guess I should bump it up the list before I get even further behind in yet another series.

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